Call for unity in King Felipe’s Christmas speech

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King Felipe VI

IN HIS annual televised speech on Christmas Eve, King Felipe VI spoke of the countries need for unity and dialogue referring to both the possible deadlock following the recent inconclusive election and the demands by sections of Catalonia for independence from Spain.

In calling for “understanding and a fraternal spirit” the king made it clear that it was his wish to see a united country which could move forward rather than one which was riven by splits.

“Political plurality, expressed at the ballot box, without a doubt offers different sensitivities, visions and perspectives; and it involves a way of exercising politics based on dialogue, consensus and commitment,” the king said in his holiday message.


“Now, what should matter to all, first and foremost, is Spain and the general interest of the Spanish people,” he said, obviously directing his words to the various political parties who must make a decision as to whether there will be a workable coalition or a minority government by January 16.


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